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Bombs Over Burma


Published 1942
Topics Drama, War


Early in World War II, Chungking schoolteacher Lin Yang (Anna May Wong) is recruited to help with the dangerous mission of protecting the Allied supply line from Burma into China.


Run time 65 min.
Producer Arthur Alexander, Alfred Stern
Production Company Alexander-Stern Productions
Audio/Visual sound, black & white
Contact Information www.k-otic.com

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Reviewer: picfixer - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 19, 2011
Subject: Less than it could have been
This World War II morale booster should have been titled "Bombs Over the Burma Road," since all of it is set in China and mostly on the road to Kunming. It opens well and even powerfully, and for the first fifteen minutes you think you might have stumbled upon an undiscovered gem. However, it quickly becomes a second rate spy melodrama with a farfetched plot. The cast is okay, and Anna May Wong does her best, but a bad screenplay and amateurish direction are too much to overcome. The production values are adequate to good for the type. If you’re an Anna May Wong fan or don't know who she was, this film is at least worth a look, provided your expectations are realistic. A significantly better print is available from Netflix.
Reviewer: Dr Feel Rotten - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 14, 2011
Subject: the old dunce cap trick
Few people today even know what the dunce cap represented or why it was used...to degrade and humiliate kids to perform better in school.. I had it used on me once which made me distrust and basically hate my teacher, but that was a LONG time ago and I did bother to learn at some point without the use of dunce caps.
It doesn't promote learning any more than locking people away in brutal prisons for years promotes peace and tranquility.
The rest of the movie was OK though, but did use a lot of cliche's.
Reviewer: billbarstad - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 14, 2010
Subject: My Expectations Were Too High
The story starts in Chungking where Lin Jing (Anna May Wong) is a schoolteacher/Chinese agent. During class the city is bombed and strafed by Japanese warplanes. There's a particularly poignant scene where a child is killed that ends the first act. For me, this first act was the best part of the movie.

Next, apparently after having traveled on assignment, she boards a bus with several others traveling to Chungking along the Burma road. Here the story becomes a cliche filled spy mystery, the resolution of which wasn't any more entertaining. The movie ended with a long silent scene of the spy looking hopelessly to a crowd of Chinese peasants who stare back stoically, culminating with the spy's brutal death. And I do mean long scene.

I enjoyed seeing Dan Seymour playing the usual slimy character he does so well. Leslie Denison did well enough with his material. I didn't recognize Noel Madison as Me-Hoi. I've only seen him play baby-faced gangsters, as he did in The Black Raven. You can also see Anna May Wong in Limehouse Blues.

I downloaded the 700MB AVI file. The video has a greenish tint, easily removed. Images are soft and sometimes washed out. The dialog is sometimes hard to understand, but is good overall.
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